Rivers claims oil wells from Bayelsa as court orders map error correction

Rivers claims oil wells from Bayelsa as court orders map error correction

- River state has reclaimed some oil wells from Bayelsa following court ruling on Monday, December 16

- The Federal High Court ordered the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to correct the map error which had assigned the oil wells to Bayelsa

- In the ruling, the presiding judge ordered the NBC to produce a new edition of the map and reflect the correction with immediate effect

The Bayelsa state government was on Monday, December 16, ordered by the Federal High Court in Abuja to forfeit Soku oil field to Rivers, which has been proven as the rightful owner.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, ruling in favour of Rivers state, ordered National Boundary Commission (NBC) to correct the error which is contained in its 11th edition of Administrative Map which designated San Bartholomew River as the boundary between the two states, instead of River Santa Barbara, Channels TV reports.

The presiding judge ordered the NBC to, with immediate effect, publish the 12th edition of the map and in it reflect River Santa Barbara as the boundary between both states just as it was in 1996 when Bayelsa was created from Rivers.

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The court ruled that the commission has no other choice than to obey the 2012 verdict of the Supreme Court which at the time upheld River Santa Barbara as the officially recognised boundary between the states.

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Justice Ekwo directed that the ruling be served on statutory bodies like the revenue mobilisation allocation and fiscal commission and the office of Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) for the computing of the amount of oil revenue accruable to it with the transfer of the Soku oil field to Rivers state.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that there was a crisis brewing between Wike and Dickson over an alleged plan by the latter to take over some oil resources reportedly belonging to Rivers state.

Legit.ng gathered that Wike on Thursday, December 12, accused Dickson of plotting to hijack some oil wells belonging to River state.

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